“Family Guy” voice actor Mike Henry said Friday that he is stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated series.
Henry wrote on Twitter that he will stop playing the show’s main African American character because “persons of color should play characters of color.” The 54-year-old voice actor, who is a white man, has voiced the character since the series’ debut in 1999.
It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role. pic.twitter.com/FmKasWITKT
— Mike Henry (@mikehenrybro) June 26, 2020
Should've seen it coming. This was on Family Guy not too long ago pic.twitter.com/uuPYlc5wTK
— Peter Griffin Burner (@PeterGriffinAcc) June 26, 2020